Susan McGalla was born in a small town in Ohio. She had two brothers and her father was a football coach. Some might say that she grew up in a “man’s world,” but McGalla says she was never treated any differently because she was a woman. She learned from a young age that she should never be treated as less or more of a person because of her gender; she should simply expect to be treated like a person. This teaching has followed her throughout her life and she has benefited greatly from it.
Susan McGalla began her career in the business world at Joseph Horne Company, where she worked for eight years. She served in various positions and gained a lot of experience during her time with this company as she filled various roles in the marketing and managerial departments. In 1994, she left Joseph Horne Company and began working for American Eagle Outfitters, where she gained an incredibly vast amount of experience in the business world. Eventually, through hard work and determination, she became American Eagle’s president and chief merchandising officer. When she joined American Eagle, it was a clothing brand worn mostly by teenage boys. By the time she left, it had four clothing brands and was one of the most popular clothing stores in the country for young people.
Upon leaving American Eagle, she started working independently as a consultant for some of the top minds in the business and financial industries. McGalla eventually became the chief executive officer of Wet Seal and later opened her own business, which she calls P3 Executive Consulting. She is also the current Director of Strategic Planning and Growth for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
With so many accomplishments, it is no wonder that McGalla has been nominated for many awards. She is one of the most sought-after minds in the business world and she is admired by many women in this industry on about.me. She encourages women to not only pursue their dreams, but also to not let their gender hold them back or help them, but rather to use their skills, hard work, and determination to help turn their dreams into realities.
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